Fennville – Douglas – Saugatuck.
Winding up Michigan’s coast on the Blue Star Highway we have landed at Campit – an entire blog post in itself!
Fennville, MI., one of those great little towns that no one ever tells you about, is a short drive south of the much more well known Saugatuck and Douglas, but is no less charming. With nearby Hutchins Lake, Fennville has all of the feel of a true “Up North” lake town without the pretense. Eating options are impressive for such a small town and dinner at Salt of the Earth did not disappoint. With a focus on Michigan grown and sourced ingredients, this should be on the list of every Michigan foodie.
There are entire guidebooks written about Saugatuck for a reason – it is an idyllic place. Great shopping, great food, a beautiful waterfront, this town would have to work hard to NOT be a great tourist destination! Just go. Of all the little gift shops you can choose from — Good Goods is an absolute “do not miss”.
Douglas may have a ways to go before it catches up to Saugatuck in notoriety, but that may be a good thing. Parking is easy and crowds are smaller. Sure, you can see the whole place if you stand on your tiptoes – but that is not a bad thing. The highlights of our brief stop were the Water Street Gallery sculpture garden — a secluded oasis of modern art, and Thomas Greene’s — a gift shop of modern and unique items.
More to come as we wind our way up Michigan’s West Coast.
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